In Focus: Rodgers seeks trusted talent for Champions League progess

As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic are in the market for proven top-tier talent this summer as Brendan Rodgers considers a move for a former player.

What’s the story?

Celtic have a massive summer transfer window ahead as they look to make significant progress in Europe to build upon what has been a phenomenal domestic season.

The Mail reckon that Brendan Rodgers is seeking a player he knows very well – Lucas Leiva of Liverpool.

The paper say the midfielder will be allowed to leave Anfield on a free this summer and that has alerted Celtic, who could lure him to Glasgow with the promise of Champions League football.

Would he be a difference maker in the Hoops?

Trusted talent

Lucas has been a regular for the Reds for almost 10 years now, arriving in 2007 and making close to 350 appearances for the club. You don’t achieve that sort of status at Anfield without being a quality player and he would no doubt improve what has been an impressive Celtic midfield this season.

He has versatility too, having regularly deputised in central defence for Jurgen Klopp in the English Premier League this season.

At 30 years of age, he has plenty of time left at the top level and if Celtic can bring him to Glasgow it would show they have ambition to finish higher than fourth in the UEFA Champions League group stage next season. The Brazilian midfielder has made close to 50 appearances in UEFA competition, experience that would greatly aid the Hoops.

Added to that, he’s a player that Brendan Rodgers clearly trusts, it was the Celtic boss who handed him a long-term contract in 2013.

In every respect it seems to be a move that makes sense and Hoops fans must be hoping the reported deal can be done.

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